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hydrocephalus

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noun hy·dro·ceph·a·lus \-ˈse-fə-ləs\

Definition of hydrocephalus

  1. :  an abnormal increase in the amount of cerebrospinal fluid within the cranial cavity that is accompanied by expansion of the cerebral ventricles and often increased intracranial pressure, skull enlargement, and cognitive decline



Variants of hydrocephalus

also hy·dro·ceph·a·ly play \-lē\

Origin of hydrocephalus

New Latin hydrocephalus, from Late Latin, hydrocephalic, adjective, from Greek hydrokephalos, from hydr- + kephalē head — more at cephalic


First Known Use: 1670


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hydrocephalus

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noun hy·dro·ceph·a·lus \-ˈsef-ə-ləs, British also -ˈkef-\

Medical Definition of hydrocephalus

plural hy·dro·ceph·a·li \-ˌlī\play

  1. :  an abnormal increase in the amount of cerebrospinal fluid within the cranial cavity that is accompanied by expansion of the cerebral ventricles, enlargement of the skull and especially the forehead, and atrophy of the brain



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